Murata Churns out Smallest Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor
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urata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed GRM011R60J104M, the first multilayer ceramic capacitor to feature a maximum capacitance of 0.1µF in 008004-inch size (0.25×0.125mm). The company sets mass production of the new product this year.

By using its original ceramic and electrode material atomization and homogenization technology, Murata has achieved a multilayer ceramic capacitor with a mounting surface area approximately 50 percent smaller and a volume approximately 80 percent smaller than its existing product (01005 inch size) with a capacitance of 0.1µF. Moreover, the new product has a capacity of around 10 times that of the same-sized product (008004 inch size) initially mass produced by the company.

Size of a GRM011R60J104M multilayer ceramic capacitor
GRM011R60J104M multilayer ceramic capacitor
As smartphones supporting 5G become more widespread and devices such as wearable devices become increasingly multifunctional and more compact, the demand for smaller and higher-density electronic circuitry is growing. Among the components employed in this circuitry, multilayer ceramic capacitors are essential for electronic devices and are used for a wide range of applications, such as in smartphones and wearable devices. As the high-end smartphones are equipped with around 800 to 1,000 capacitors, there is a considerable need for such components to be made even more compact.

In the future, Murata will continue to conduct research and development of ceramics and high-precision, microscopic layering technology for electrode materials. It targets to expand lineup to meet the needs of the market, and contribute to the further miniaturization and greater functionality of electronic devices.